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What to do w/ Fresh Strawberries?

sarge Jan 22, 2009 01:29 PM

It's strawberry season around these parts, so I am committed to conjuring up some new strawberry dishes. What are some favorites that are not short cake?

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  1. janetms383 RE: sarge Jan 22, 2009 01:44 PM

    Have you ever tried a Strawberry Soup? My Dad used to make this just by pureeing the berries and then adding a bit of cream, but I've seen recipes that use yogurt or sour cream and other spices for flavorings

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      HillJ RE: sarge Jan 22, 2009 02:04 PM

      We often add fresh strawberries to a green salad; great with a balsamic dressing.
      If you puree the fruit the choices are endless.
      Strawberry muffins, puree over poundcake, swirled in yogurt, hot cereal, etc.

      I recently had fresh berries in scrambled eggs and it was delicious.

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        pine time RE: HillJ Jun 6, 2011 11:05 AM


        One of my favorite salads is baby spinach, sliced strawberries, and toasted walnuts. Dress with a walnut oil-based emulsion, or even Newman's Sesame Ginger dressing.

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        Valyn RE: sarge Jan 22, 2009 03:52 PM

        We like to eat them (and eat them and eat them) dipped in marscapone mixed with honey - cool whip for grown-ups!

        1. lynnlato RE: sarge Jan 22, 2009 04:03 PM

          I've always loved strawberries macerated in sugar and a few splashes of balsamic vinegar. Let sit for a half hour or so and serve over good vanilla ice cream. So good.

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            Emme RE: lynnlato Jan 22, 2009 10:46 PM

            macerated with balsamic and freshly ground black pepper!

          2. Boccone Dolce RE: sarge Jan 22, 2009 05:26 PM

            I can't wait for this year's trip to Plant City for some strawberry goodness. I like to slice them and pair them with yogurt, maybe sliced banana, add some Kashi- so good. Also great on pancakes, french toast, toss into the magic bullet when it's smoothie time. I've made fruit salsa with them and a few other diced fruits-serve with cinnamon pita chips (cute when you plate it with a dollop of sweetened yogurt like a pile of nachos). I'll need this post when I run out of ideas myself!

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              alkapal RE: Boccone Dolce Jan 24, 2009 12:24 AM

              hey boccone dolce, what's the word on the freeze down there? did you see my strawberries and tomatoes thread? http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/589795 i hope the strawberry festival works out for all!

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                TampaAurora RE: alkapal Jan 24, 2009 07:18 AM

                There's some blossom damage and the final totals aren't in, but it looks like in most areas the dangers were averted through the sprinklers.

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                  alkapal RE: TampaAurora Jan 24, 2009 07:21 AM

                  good news.

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              HillJ RE: sarge Jan 22, 2009 07:12 PM

              I just remembered this cheesecake recipe that uses fresh strawberries. It was absolutely delicious. In place of the strawberry jam I just mashed up the same amount of fresh strawberries. Heaven on a plate!

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                HillJ RE: HillJ Jan 22, 2009 07:23 PM


                and this one..strawberry goat cheese banitsa
                such a simple and interesting combo.
                again, sub'ing the jam for mashed fresh strawberries.


              2. Emme RE: sarge Jan 22, 2009 11:08 PM

                salad -
                -walnuts, spinach, romaine, sliced strawbs, sliced pears, feta, balsamic vinegarette
                -make a strawb vinegarette (puree strawbs with olive oil, balsamic, dijon mustard, S&P to taste)
                slice them and soak in a simple syrup, then use to fill yeast donuts

                im guessing strawberry shortcake is too on the nose....

                slice and grill along with other fruits - i'd do the strawberries on a piece of aluminum foil so you don't risk losing them between the grates; then serve on top of plain yogurt or ice cream

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                  janniecooks RE: sarge Jan 23, 2009 03:37 AM

                  And here are two more salads to consider:

                  Romaine, watercress and baby spinach with sliced strawberries, thinly sliced red onions tossed in a simple vinaigrette made from red wine vinevar, evoo, S&P and sweetened with a bit of sugar (use about a tbsp per cup of vinegar).

                  Strawberries, blueberries, and torn basil tossed with salad greens of your choice, and a balsamic vinaigrette.

                  1. folprivate RE: sarge Jan 23, 2009 09:36 AM

                    Strawberry Sabayon is decadent - http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

                    1. oana RE: sarge Jan 23, 2009 10:22 AM

                      Strawberries soaked in Barbancourt Dark Rum served with Mascarpone with sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest. Soooo gooood :)
                      Happy eating, Oana

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                        sarge RE: oana Jan 23, 2009 11:43 AM

                        Oana-That one sounds pretty interesting.

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                          oana RE: sarge May 6, 2011 06:57 AM

                          It's really good.

                      2. Phoo_d RE: sarge Jan 23, 2009 11:55 AM

                        Well if it is strawberry season for you, I assume you must be a lot warmer than I am! If so, then this recipe for a Frozen Strawberry Margarita Pie is excellent. I've made it during the summer and it was a big hit. Gosh, you're making me miss my flip flops!


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                          sarge RE: Phoo_d Jan 23, 2009 05:29 PM

                          Another intriguing entry. Wish you were here. (I'm 20 miles from Plant City)

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                          tzurriz RE: sarge Jan 23, 2009 05:34 PM

                          Slice them up, sprinkle a little bit of sugar on 'em (if needed) and then a big dollop of sour cream on top of that.

                          Breakfast of champions!

                          1. Rmis32 RE: sarge Jan 24, 2009 05:53 AM

                            Strawberry, Walnut, & Goat Cheese Salad With Pomegranate Vinaigrette

                            Also, smoothies

                            1. sarah galvin RE: sarge Jan 24, 2009 10:25 AM

                              I make Strawberry Balsamic Preserves to enjoy them in off season - for toast or yogurt.

                              1. kattyeyes RE: sarge Feb 3, 2009 02:14 PM

                                I've sliced 'em up small and baked them into brownies--about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of fruit (my ultimate favorite brownie add-in is fresh raspberries with white chocolate chips). How wrong is it to want to go raspberry picking just to bake brownies? Yet it happens every year. And my go-to brownie recipe is the Ghirardelli recipe right on the can of the Sweet Ground Chocolate and Cocoa.

                                1. steinpilz RE: sarge Feb 3, 2009 02:34 PM

                                  Saute spinach in a little butter, add a some water to steam 'till soft, add strawberry halves last and heat briefly, garnish with scallions. This is beautiful and tasty, originally from the Tassajara recipe book.

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                                    alkapal RE: steinpilz Feb 5, 2009 06:01 AM

                                    hey steinpilz, i have that cookbook, too ;-). the strawberries are often done with a fresh baby spinach salad, too. (as mentioned upthread). something along these lines is another option, e.g., http://southernfood.about.com/od/spin...

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                                      steinpilz RE: alkapal Jul 3, 2011 01:28 PM

                                      Another great one is fresh strawberries topped with a mixture of whipped cream, rum, and grated bitter chocolate..

                                  2. lupaglupa RE: sarge Feb 5, 2009 08:20 AM

                                    Lots more work than the other replies - there's a Swedish recipe for a strawberry cake - fresh strawberry jam and whipped cream between sponge cake layers topped with more cream and fresh strawberries. Amazing.

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                                      Louise RE: sarge Feb 5, 2009 10:42 AM

                                      1--dip in sour cream
                                      2--dip in brown sugar

                                      From an old Joy of Cooking, I think.

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                                        Emme RE: Louise Mar 26, 2011 08:05 PM

                                        my mother does this. only she slices em in a bowl, tops with a dollop of sour cream, and sprinkles some brown sugar.

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                                          Chocolatechipkt RE: Louise Jun 6, 2011 09:56 AM

                                          That's one of my -- and my mother's -- favorite ways of eating strawberries.

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                                          jennykay RE: sarge Feb 5, 2009 11:26 AM

                                          this is a really good recipe!


                                          1. GodfatherofLunch RE: sarge Feb 5, 2009 11:44 AM

                                            chocolate dipped strawberries does not suck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                                              valerie RE: sarge Feb 5, 2009 12:53 PM

                                              I love this Strawberry Bread. I usually make it when I have a lot of strawberries that are about to go bad. I've added bananas at times and I've also added blueberries. Note that the recipe makes to loaves but you can easily scale it down to 1 right on the website.


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                                                Lorry13 RE: sarge Mar 26, 2011 05:50 PM

                                                Also in FL and just got back from strawberry picking (dragged by friends!) =)

                                                Call me weird but I love strawberry flavored things but absolutely hate eating a strawberry...the texture makes me gag!

                                                What would you guys recommend for me to do with strawberries after blending them in the food processor besides strawberry milk shakes??

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                                                  HillJ RE: Lorry13 Mar 26, 2011 06:02 PM

                                                  If you're talking about making a strawberry puree from fresh they make a wonderful addition to basic preparations like Greek yogurt, hot oatmeal, french toast or pancake topping.

                                                  But if you like fruit bars the filling can be used in place of stewed fruit or jam called for in many fruit bar cookie recipes.

                                                  I even enjoy fresh strawberry puree on simple scrambled eggs.

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                                                    Emme RE: Lorry13 Mar 26, 2011 08:17 PM

                                                    Add to vanilla ice cream, as a swirl, part-way through the processing time (if you have an ice cream maker).

                                                    Use in trifle.

                                                    Fill crepes. Or Linzer cookies.

                                                    Beef Steaks - simmer strawberry sauce with a dash of sugar and lemon juice til reaches a thin jam consistency; strain and let cool. toast some peppercorns in a pan, then add beef stock, unsalted batter, and boil to reduce by half. stir in the strawberry sauce and some more lemon juice. you can also add balsamic vinegar if you like. simmer til comes together. broil or grill steak and top with sauce.

                                                    Shrimp Salad - grill shrimp brushed with sesame oil; in a food processor combine strawberries (or your sauce), jalapenos (deseeded and chopped), cider vinegar and sugar; serve sauce drizzled over shrimp on greens.

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                                                    vafarmwife RE: sarge Mar 27, 2011 04:03 AM

                                                    Strawberry Salsa

                                                    1/2 Vidalia onion, diced
                                                    1/2 red bell pepper, diced
                                                    1/2 green bell pepper, diced
                                                    1/2 yellow bell pepper, diced
                                                    1 jalapeno pepper with seeds removed and diced
                                                    1 large ripe tomato, diced
                                                    1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
                                                    1 1/2 tspns garlic powder
                                                    12 large ripe strawberries, hulled and cut small
                                                    Parsley and cilantro

                                                    Marinate diced veggies in vinegar for 1 hour. Sprinkle cut strawberries with a teaspoon or so of sugar and let them macerate. Add garlic powder, parsley and cilantro to veggies. Add strawberries. Refrigerate until very cold. Serve with tortilla chips or warm over grilled chicken

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                                                      shrimp13 RE: vafarmwife May 6, 2011 08:18 AM

                                                      Yes! I make mine with onion, cilantro, lime juice, serrano peppers and salt -

                                                    2. alkapal RE: sarge Mar 27, 2011 04:53 AM

                                                      i just saw a grilled sandwich made with strawberries and young goat cheese -- maybe arugula, too). intriguing!

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                                                        Sam D. RE: sarge May 2, 2011 07:32 PM

                                                        Strawberry Pizza

                                                        6 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
                                                        1/2 cup sugar
                                                        1 egg
                                                        1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
                                                        1/4 teaspoon almond extract
                                                        1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
                                                        1/2 teaspoon baking powder
                                                        1/2 teaspoon salt

                                                        1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
                                                        1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
                                                        2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
                                                        1 cup sugar
                                                        1/4 cup cornstarch
                                                        2 cups crushed fresh strawberries

                                                        In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar for 2 minutes. Beat in egg and extracts. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

                                                        On a floured surface, roll dough into a 13-in. circle. Transfer to an ungreased 12-in. pizza pan. Build up edges slightly. Bake at 350 degrees F for 18-22 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely.

                                                        In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Spread over crust. Arrange sliced strawberries on top.

                                                        In a saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch and crushed berries until blended. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Cool slightly. Spoon over strawberries. Refrigerate until serving.

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                                                          catbert RE: sarge May 2, 2011 08:00 PM

                                                          i've been doing the jamba juice in a bag thing (the ones you can buy in the frozen section at the market).

                                                          i hull them, slice, freeze, and store em in ziploc bags. same with banana slices. i'd freeze yogurt too if i could find the dang ice tray! anyways, when i'm in the mood for a smoothie, i grab the blender, pop in some frozen banana and strawberry slices. add yogurt and apple juice, then blend. wa-laa!

                                                          oh yeah, adding ice is optional. i find that the frozen fruit can cut that part out...

                                                          1. lynnlato RE: sarge May 3, 2011 04:35 AM

                                                            I've become somewhat of a cottage cheese junkie - espeicially the 4% fat variety. I tried the 2% and it was a waste of my taste buds, but the fattier kind, mmm...

                                                            Anyway, I recently went strawberry picking and later that day enjoyed a bowl of cottage cheese with sliced strawberries, a sprinkle of sugar and a dousing of good balsamic vinegar and a sprinkle of black pepper. Yum. (see my post from 2 yrs ago above - ha).

                                                            1. Tom P RE: sarge May 3, 2011 10:22 AM

                                                              Strawberries...alone or mixed with other berries such as blueberries and/or blackberries... are great in a very easy rustic fruit tart I often make (see below)

                                                              If you have a juicer, strawberries and apples juiced together are divine!

                                                              RUSTIC FRUIT TART

                                                              This is a very easy, extremely good tart to make, even last minute, as long as you have some fruit and a sheet or two of puff pastry in the freezer:

                                                              - 2 sheets puff pastry
                                                              - fresh fruit: apples and/or strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, blackberries… your favorite, alone or in combo
                                                              - Lemon juice
                                                              - Brown sugar
                                                              - Butter
                                                              - If desired: cinnamon, cloves, ginger, liquer such as Cointreu or Grand Marier

                                                              - Defrost and roll our puff pastry
                                                              - Toss fruit in a bowl with juice of half a lemon, a small handful of brown sugar (a little more if you like it very sweet.. I like the fruit itself to be the sweetener) and cinnamon/cloves/ liquer if desired. The fruit should be wet but not dripping
                                                              - Pile the fruit in the middle of the puff pastry
                                                              - Fold four sides of puff pastry up over the fruit, leaving the middle exposed. You can do this in a variety of ways, depending on how you want it to look. You can’t mess this up. Just make sure there is no escape for the juices.
                                                              - Dot with butter and sprinkle with a little more brown sugar
                                                              - Bake, on parchment, at 350 for 20 minutes, checking at 15 to make sure it does not over-bake. Depending on the amount of fruit, it could go up to 25.
                                                              - Serve solo, with ice cream, or whipped cream.

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                                                                tastycakes RE: sarge May 6, 2011 08:55 AM

                                                                i love a salad of baby greens, strawberries, fennel, and pistachios with goat cheese or feta and a champagne or raspberry vinegar vinaigrette.

                                                                strawberry ice cream is always lovely, or fresh strawberry pie. strawberry shortcakes with whipped creme fraiche. or on top of mascarpone cheesecake with some aged balsamic and freshly cracked black pepper.

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                                                                  rasputina RE: sarge Jun 6, 2011 12:56 PM

                                                                  Freeze them and then make instant ice cream in the vitamix anytime I want LOL

                                                                  1. buttertart RE: sarge Jun 7, 2011 05:39 PM

                                                                    Dorie Greenspan's strawberry and tomato salad with fresh mozzarella, oil, and a speck of vinegar is awfully good (I mix the two about half and half). It's also mighty tasty with feta.

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                                                                      kattyeyes RE: buttertart Jun 24, 2011 08:56 AM

                                                                      My friend Patty featured this very salad on her blog today, but with burrata rather than straight fresh mozz. It looks incredible. Makes me want to pick up the Dorie cookbook as every recipe I've seen from French Fridays with Dorie looks like a must-try!


                                                                      Also saw a recipe for strawberry rhubarb mojitos--another one on my must-try list while strawbs are ripe for the pickin'!


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                                                                        buttertart RE: kattyeyes Jun 24, 2011 09:01 AM

                                                                        That salad is amazing and with burrata would be transporting. M doesn't like either tomatoes or strawberries very much, but loves it. The two flavors together are astonishingly good.

                                                                        The guests I served it to the first time were casting glances askance at the dish as I was preparing it (and I was wondering, too) but the synergy is great.

                                                                        The book is very good too - I've liked what I've made from it very much (the daube and the pork tenderloin with oranges) - but whether it was that I read it through when I was sick or my inner curmudgeon was on red alert, I found the style just a tad more on the self-congratulatory than on the breezy, charming side I was expecting.

                                                                    2. Barbara76137 RE: sarge Jun 7, 2011 05:57 PM

                                                                      When in season, I always have strawberries in the fridge but they don't last past washing & hulling them and then eating them over the kitchen sink!!! Occasionally I'll do them with balsalmic & black pepper or with non fat vanilla yogurt, but other than that I just can't keep away from eating them before finding a recipe.

                                                                      1. JerryMe RE: sarge Jun 7, 2011 06:41 PM


                                                                        Dear Sis raves about this recipe for all of the extra strawberries.

                                                                        1. YAYME RE: sarge Jun 8, 2011 04:35 AM

                                                                          Vanilla Ice-cream ruby port strawberries yum.

                                                                          1. boredough RE: sarge Jun 8, 2011 04:55 AM

                                                                            My favorite is Coeur à la Crème - recipe here:


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                                                                              thursday RE: sarge Jun 18, 2011 08:52 PM

                                                                              We just "discovered" our favorite way to eat them - mix mascarpone and ricotta (1:2 or 1:1, depending on how much you like mascarpone) with a little honey and cinnamon if you like it. Dip the strawberries in it like it's whipped cream. Heavenly!

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                                                                                sbs401 RE: sarge Jun 24, 2011 06:54 AM

                                                                                Sliced Strawberries and Nutella on toasted wheat bread is a lovely breakfast

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